Food Obsession and Veganism

What gives?

I don’t mean to be provocative (and there’s nothing wrong with having an interest in food), but there is a serious serious connection between vegans/veganism and an obsession with all things food, and I just don’t get it. I understand it – it makes sense. I mean, veganism encourages you to look at food a little differently. You have to pick stuff up and get real close to it, and there’s a whole lot more cooking involved because:

  1. Vegan ‘ping’ meals don’t really exist
  2. Vegan oven meals are fucking expensive

So veganism gets a lot of people up close with food in both the shops and in the kitchen, but that doesn’t really explain why over half the vegan folk I know are obsessed with it. People gather together to discuss the texture of specific vegan cheeses, they talk about how to make the best chocolate cakes, about where the best vegan restaurants can be found.

Again, this isn’t a bad thing at all. I just don’t understand the attraction. For me, food is a substance that goes in your mouth and gives you energy for the day ahead. Baking, or making something unnecessarily complicated is only really fun for me when made and eaten in company. I guess then it becomes an activity to bond over?

Yet others experience food in a completely different way, some even see it as an art form. Is it a hobby? To enjoy food in such a way? To find the tastiest cheeses or the prettiest cakes? It’s one of those things like, I don’t know, religious faith, that I wish I could experience.

Only for one day though. I’d hate to turn into a religious zealot, or one of those pretentious foody types…


2 thoughts on “Food Obsession and Veganism”

  1. Guilty as charged — I love food. I love looking at it. I love eating it. I love making it, too, when I have a recipe to follow. Today I ate something described as a ‘haute ice cream’ and yes, I photographed it first.

    Sometimes I wish I just saw food purely as fuel, because then it would be easier to ‘diet’, or rather not overreat or eat because my eyes want the food instead of my tummy! Food is pretty tied up with emotions for me — I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this is probably the case for a lot of women in wealthy countries — maybe I’m wrong though.

    It’s interesting to hear your thoughts and I’ve heard other people say the same thing. I think maybe all this instagramming and blogging of pretty/healthy/indulgent foods is for some people a reminder of how lucky we are. I often forget it, but I’m blessed to be able to chose not to eat meat, to be able to eat three times a day and then to have a cookie too, if I want. We shouldn’t forget that some people go hungry, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with celebrating this simple little pleasure, either 🙂

    I wouldn’t worry that you’re missing out because you don’t feel that way though — like you say it’s a hobby, and we all have different ones 🙂

    1. You’ve put your thoughts across in such a delightful and concise way! I also liked your point about the culture surrounding food here potentially being a celebration of how lucky we are. It could also be seen as patronising, I guess – a celebration of Western over indulgence 😛

      You’ve given me a far greater idea of how people enjoy their food, and what food culture is about though, so thank you! Perhaps it’s just not for me, eh!

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